Students work on designing and manufacturing a spectroscope

Published: 15 December 2019

A team of Year 12 students and their teacher, from St Richards Catholic College in Bexhill partnered with Photek in early December, to work on the design and manufacture of a spectroscope capable of diffracting and detecting different wavelengths of light.

This two-day residential workshop, which took place at Crawley College, is almost at the mid point of their six month participation on the Engineering Education Scheme (EES), which is run by EDT, and supported by Sussex STEM. These students are one of five schools in the South East who have each put forward teams to take part in the 2019/20 scheme. Over the next few months each team will be working with engineers on real life STEM projects. Students who complete the scheme will be awarded the Gold level Industrial Cadets Accreditation and can also apply for a Crest award.

The feedback was extremely positive, with one of the students commenting: “We are really enjoying progamming the code which will help us with our project. It’s great to be so hands on for 2 days and we are able to interact with our mentors from Photek and get loads of advice from them”.

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